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Student Protest 19th November 2014

There is no significant update in relation to intelligence about the Student Protest today. There is still no intelligence to indicate that there is any disorder planned by the coalition of student groups who are calling for an end to tuition fees and a resumption of free education. The NUS have withdrawn support for the march citing safety concerns as well as the lack of public liability insurance. Following this there has been some discussion regarding the possibility of transport funding being withdrawn which could result in fewer people attending.

The event is due to begin at 12:00hrs at MALET STREET and participants hope to march from there at one o’clock to Old Palace Yard where a rally will be held from 15:00 to 16:00 hrs.

Policing intention

· To prevent and detect crime

· To protect life and property

· To maintain the Queen’s Peace

· To prevent serious disruption to the life of the business and residential community and vehicular traffic

An appropriate and proportionate policing plan for London is in place for tomorrow. The Metropolitan police service is fully aware of the potential impact of any demonstrations on the local business community and is well equipped to deal with events like this should it be required.

Below is a reminder of recommended actions in the event of protest in your premises:

Businesses and private premises should be aware that a majority of protests are peaceful and under Human Rights legislation should be facilitated on public land unless certain exceptions apply, however it is always possible that individuals attending may not be intent on holding a peaceful protest.

In relation to protests within private property, Police see the primary responsibility for the security of the property and the management of any trespass within the store as being that of the land owner/company. As you are well aware, opening your stores for business implies invitation to all persons. The Store Manager or representative of the company / premises can withdraw this invitation at any time.

Incursions with no disorder

Should there be an incursion into your premises which is not disorderly and police are requested to attend it should be stressed that this is likely not to be a criminal trespass. The expectations of the officers attending will be to witness a representative of the premises request those trespassing to leave, whilst in the presence and hearing of the officer.

If asked to assist in the ejection of these persons, police are acting as an agent of the company and have no more powers and privileges than that of an ordinary member of the public. The officer(s) are there to standby and prevent a breach of the peace whilst the representative of the store asks the person(s) to leave. Police will escort store / company staff and the person concerned out onto public land. If there are criminal offences apparent then officers will deal with these as they would in any normal situation.

Incursions with disorder

Legislation exists under Section 68, Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in the event of direct action to disrupt the normal operation of the premises. This is called Aggravated Trespass. The senior officer present may seek to use powers but will look to the store manager / representative to support this process by providing confirmation of what business if any is being affected and a willingness to provide a statement and attend court if necessary.

We also request that any CCTV in relation to the incursion be provided at the earliest opportunity.

In practice the store manager or person able to make a decision on behalf of the store has to be willing and able to state in the presence of the person(s) that they reasonably believe that the person(s) are trespassing on private property and that they have acted or are acting in a manner which is disruptive to the normal business of this premises. The exact nature of the disruption must be described.

Police officers will have access to detailed guidance and exact wording to help your staff and will be there at all times to support them in such incidents.

Crime prevention advice

The following links to key website information have proved highly successful for the business community and their staff during recent protest in London:

Metropolitan Police Service – Metropolitan Police Business Portal

London Resilience Team | Business Continuity | Making Plans

Security and crime prevention | Business Link

You can help to protect your premises by taking a few sensible precautions. The following points are a list of considerations and are by no means exhaustive.

1. Premises should be suitable staffed with a prominent management presence

that can make themselves identifiable to police (in the event of an incursion).

2. Security officers, where possible, should have a visible presence on premises.

3. In the days leading up to an event ensure all staffs are fully briefed.

4. All staff should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security and / or police.

5. Consider minimizing the number of entry points

6. Ensure that the building perimeters are clear of debris, dustbins, ladders or loose tools and equipment.

7. Check that your emergency equipment/grab bags/ first aid supplies and radio communication systems are stocked and fully operational.

8. Check and test building security and emergency systems.

9. Ensure all members of staff are fully aware of any emergency/evacuation procedures.

10. Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational an can provide the highest recording resolution as possible.

11. If your building has scaffolding erected or is in close proximity of scaffolding, security staff should be aware of the potential for easy access.

In the event of an emergency, always call 999.

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